Ofqual Consultation on Designing and Developing Accessible Examinations

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28 Jan 22

Ofqual Consultation on Designing and Developing Accessible Examinations

Exams and Qualifications

What is Ofqual?

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in England.

Guidance on designing and developing accessible assessments

On 1st November 2021, Ofqual announced that they are asking for feedback from the public on their guidance: Designing and Developing Accessible Assessments.  The consultation was open for 12 weeks, ending on January 24th and Ofqual are expected to announce the outcome in spring 2022.

AET and Partners: Joint Response

The Autism Education Trust, Ambitious about Autism and the National Autistic Society submitted a joint response to the consultation reflecting the key areas of difference in autism and highlights the adjustments required to design and develop accessible assessments for this group of young people.

When collating our response we have taken into consideration:

  • how to avoid unnecessary burden on autistic learners when measuring the assessment construct
  • how to use accessible language, within an accessible layout, for autistic learners
  • how to use source material, context, images and colour in an assessment that is suitable for autistic learners
  • how to design and develop assessments in a way that facilitates autistic learners
  • Reasonable Adjustments for autistic learners
  • practices that may help awarding organisations make their assessments as accessible as possible for autistic learners

We also made some further observations and commented on wider issues around access arrangements.

You can read our response here:

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